Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Art in Odd Places at SVA's "Reconfiguring Site" summer intensive (July 11 - August 19)

We are excited to announce that a few  people from the Art in Odd Places team will be a part of SVA's "Reconfiguring Site" program happening this summer. Reconfiguring Site is a six week intensive program looking at interdisciplinary approaches to public art. Our very own Ed Woodham (AiOP Director), Lucia Warck Meister (AiOP 2011 Festival producer) and Erin Donnelly (previous Art in Odd Places curator) will participate as guest lecturers discussing the revitalization of public art.

For more information about the program, visit the SVA website http://reconfiguringsite.sva.edu/

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Art in Odd Places in the Press

Read all about Art in Odd Places in the news during the Festival of Ideas NYC ...

Time Out New York

If you’re looking for a design smorgasbord
There’s no way to see everything at this massive street fair, featuring projects from more than 100 artists and collectives (including Broadcastr, Art in Odd Places  (Read more)

Being in Public
StreetFest Success

Last weekend hundreds of organizations participated in The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas- StreetFest, turning the Lower East Side into a dynamic platform for artists, architects,  (Read more ...)


Art in Odd Places

If you didn’t make it to this weekend’s excellent Festival of ideas for the New City, you’ll have another chance to see the group Art in Odd Places during their annual “ritual” this October.  (Read more ...)

Inhabitat New York City

PHOTOS: The Festival of Ideas...

StreetFest extended into Sarah D. Roosevelt Park where Art in Odd places displayed some odd art in public places. One woman, who could only be described as the Trash Queen, wore a gown create from refuse and proudly strolled along Chrystie Street. (Read more ...)

NYC Arts

Gretchen Vitamvas

Boris Rasin from Concerned New Yorkers

The Gothamist

This past week, we took a look at five architects' futuristic renderings of NYC in the year 2030, which included quite a lot of algae. The project is part of the Festival Of Ideas For The New City, (Read more ...)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Book documenting Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN now available!

Did you  miss Art in Odd Places 2009: SIGN? A book documenting the festival is now available for purchase.


Art in Odd Places mention in the Gothamist

Click here to read the Gothamist's coverage of the Festival of NYC mentioning Art in Odd Places


Art in Odd Places at Festival of Ideas NYC - May 7, 2011

It was such a great day last Saturday for an art stroll. Previous Art in Odd Places artists exhibited  during the Festival of Ideas for the New City. We also had  a booth between Chrystie and Rivington. It was indeed one big happy reunion. Check out some of the pictures here. There are more to come so stay tuned.

Just a reminder: our deadline for our festival's call for artist is tonight. Visit our Submit Proposal link for more information

All photo credit byVivienne Gucwa

Nicholas Fraser, "Unfixed/Unfixable"

Ari Tabei, "Sweeping"

 Edith Raw, "White Trash"

Gretchen Vitamvas, "Dazzle Camouflage"

Olek (from Trust Art Bushwick Art Park Installation)

Boris Rasin and Kenny Kromer, "Monty Burns for Mayor" and Concerned New Yorkers, "I Call NY"

Monday, May 2, 2011

Meet the Art in Odd Places 2011 Curators: Kalia Brooks and Trinidad Fombella

As the deadline for projects submission approaches, it is important to get to know the people who will will make the Art in Odd Places Festival 2011 a reality. 

The Art in Odd Places team is pleased to introduce this year's festival curators: Kalia Brooks and Trinidad Fombella

Kalia Brooks
Kalia Brooks is a New York based curator and writer. She is the Exhibitions Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York, and an Adjunct Professor in the Photography and Imagining Department in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU). She is also a PhD Candidate in Aesthetics and Art Theory with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (idsva). Brooks received her M.A. in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts (CCA) in 2006. She served as Public Programs Coordinator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007/2008.

Trinidad Fombella
Trinidad Fombella is Assistant Curator and Exhibitions Manager at El Museo del Barrio in New York. She is co-curator of the new edition of El Museo’s Bienal: The (S) Files, opening at several venues throughout the city in June 2011.  As Curator of Praxis International Art Gallery in New York, she has organized over fifty exhibitions at Praxis’ network of galleries and international art fairs, including solo and group shows featuring emerging and mid-career Latino and Latin American artists.Ms Fombella obtained a MA in Architecture and Design from Universidad Catolica de Cordoba, Argentina. She has brought curatorial expertise to museums, galleries and non-profit organizations such as the Guggenheim Museum, No Longer Empty, Local Project, and Galeria Galou where she was juror to the IV Annual Juried Show in 2004. She founded Rivington Art and Sara Gris Gallery in 2003 and 2004 respectively, both exhibition spaces located in the Lower East Side implementing a program of events and exhibitions promoting emerging artists living in New York City.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Festival of Ideas for the New City - May 4-8, 2011


WHO:   Art in Odd Places at the Festival Of Ideas for a New City presented by the New Museum.

WHAT:  An innovative, minimal-waste, outdoor StreetFest takes place along the Bowery. 100+ local grassroots organizations and small businesses present model products and practices in a unique outdoor environment.

WHEN:  Saturday, May 7th, 11 a.m to 7 p.m.

WHERE:  Rivington Street at the corner of  Chrystie Street in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park, Manhattan, New York City.

Vinh Cam, AiOP PR/Marketing Director AiOPpr@gmail.com(646) 259-0311

Ed Woodham, AiOP Directorinfo@artinoddplaces.org(347) 350-4242

Festival video

Come join us on Saturday, May 7th11am - 7pm at theFestival of Ideas for the New City, presented by the New Museum.

AiOP is pleased to be part of this major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of Downtown organizations working together to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore ideas that will shape it. Our booth will be on Rivington Street at the corner of  Chrystie Street in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park

During the day we will also be presenting a representation of pastAiOP interventions and a few new ones throughout the festival area. The new catalogue of Art in Odd Places: SIGN will be on display. Richly photographed, it features over 60 artists who created maps, sound walks, installations, performances, campaigns, stickers and posters as part of AiOP 2009.

Below is a list of the performances and installations featured:

-BroLab: PEER REVIEW, installation
This project takes place simultaneously in both Sarah Roosevelt Park and the Hotel Rivington, linking the two locations through a line of sight and an ongoing discourse on public art. A live feed from the hotel and video from past interventions will be on view in the AiOP Tent where a volunteer will be available to schedule meetings with the BroLab Collective.

-Aaron Cedolia: FREE TENNIS NYC, performance next to tent
Bringing participation via tennis to surprising locales in and around the city.

-Concerned New Yorkers: CONCERNED NEW YORKERS, display in tent
Real New Yorkers want Real Change. This collective displays artifacts of their ephemeral urban interventions over the last twoyears. Including their newest intervention, ‘Your Favorite Place’, a multimedia social experiment that allows the city's visitors and residents share stories, tips and comments about our beloved metropolis.

-Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Thomas Dexter: HYDROPHONY, sound performance in tent
Hydrophony will extract underwater sounds from the rivers that cap 14th Street, and will broadcast them live on site reminding New Yorkers that these waters are alive.

-Nicholas Fraser: UNFIXED/UNFIXABLE, installation
Texts of ash will be installed on the paths around the AiOP tent. Derived from observations of common and fleeting moments on the street, each 'drawing' disintegrates quickly under the rush of ongoing urban life, echoing the temporal and transitory nature of the moments documented and the sites utilized.

-LuLu LoLo: “EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT 14th STREET”, performance
In knickers and cap like a newsboy of turn of the century vintage, LuLu LoLo as "14th Street NewsBoy" will hawk a weekly tabloid,The Fourteenth Street Tribune that recalls famous, notorious and tumultuous events from the history of 14th Street.

-Irvin Morazan: TAXI!! TAXi!! TAXI!!, performance
Morazanattempts to hail a cab while wearing an unwieldy Mayan-inspired headdress and eating a gigantic bag of Cheese Doodles.

In wearable sculptures of multicolored crocheted camouflage, Olek’s performers appear in various sites, displaying signs from different countries collected by her that are in emphatic, ironic or amused dialogue with their location.

-Jamie O’Shea: TEMPORARY TERRITORIES, performance
The Vertical Bed allows its user to fall asleep in a standing position. Jamie O'Shea will be demonstrating this device, slumbering upright. Look for a man in a black suit standing very still, with a metal briefcase attached to his side. The assembly and disassembly of the Bed apparatus, which fits in the accompanying briefcase, can be viewed at the beginning and end of each nap.

-Edith Raw: WHITE TRASH, performance
The artist walks, stands still, cavorts, rolls around, and lies on the sidewalk in a costume made of trash.

-aricoco (Ari Tabei): SWEEPING, performance
Tabei sweeps with a broom in a quiet shamanic ritual to cleanse and purify herself and her surroundings.

-Tim Thyzel: PORTABLE FOUNTAINS, installation in tent
In a fanciful transformation of the useless and ordinary, Thyzel converts everyday objects and materials found in New York City streets into site-specific water fountains.

-Gretchen Vitamvas: DAZZLE CAMOUFLAGE, performance
This series of costume pieces uses dazzle camouflage to disrupt eccentric or exaggerated body silhouettes, both hiding and drawing attention to the figure.

-Andrew Demirjian: SCENES FROM LAST WEEK: 14th STREET, promotion of upcoming event in tent
This intervention is scheduled to take place July 15-August 8 on 14th Street. Two video monitors and cameras are placed in storefronts across the street from each other (218 W14th St &  225 W14th St) however, instead of showing the current moment the monitors display what was happening yesterday at the exact same time.

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